As I wrote in my previous posts, life is about to change in a big way for me. Within the next few months, I will be settling in one place, no longer being a nomad, but still traveling. Instead of 12 months of travel each year, constantly moving from place to place, I estimate that I will travel for closer to six months of each year. That is still a lot of travel, but between trips, I will be returning to a particular place, with my stuff on the walls, and an office set up to my preferences, and a big bathtub for soaking out the kinks of sitting in airplane seats for hours at a time.
I wanted to wait until the end of the year to make the announcement, but I've told several people, so I thought it was time to be public. It is a big decision for me, and I know a lot of you will be disappointed, since you have hoped I'd settle down near you. Some of you do live in places that I've placed on my Top 5 list for reasons of strong community and beautiful landscapes. I've fantasized about spending a season in each of four places. I still hope to visit those places for several weeks at a time, but I won't be living there permanently or even seasonally.
I never expected that I would say this, but I've decided to move back to Florida. Shocked? Me, too. I have often said that I was born in Florida, but I left as soon as I could. I am not a fan of summer and I prefer mountains to beaches. I am a big fan of snow. I have winter boots and heavy coats appropriate to the weather of the Rockies. I am not a big fan of the creepy, crawly things that live in tropical environments. And, if you keep up with the news in Florida, you know that there are some problems in the political and cultural system.
Found this video on my computer after graduation. I must have filmed it in February or so of my 2L year. It’s about how to breath through the anxiety of uncertainty, which I am actually finding helpful to watch right now myself… Mindfully moving through change somehow always feels relevant… especially when you aren’t sure what’s up for you next.
Mediation with a small “m” or Mediation with a capital “M,” and what’s the difference?
It’s a matter of style and paradigm.
This post represents a departure for me. Most obviously, this is my first post since having officially graduated. But it is also the beginning of a series of “conversations” I am beginning to engage in with law professors (from across the U.S. & the world). Sometimes it will be presented in the form of actual dialogues, captured in real-time, mediated through remote devices. Sometimes it will actually be in person. And sometimes, often I expect, it will be in the form of responses I have to work of these profs, or reflections they have put into the world, ON their work. On teaching. On “practice.” On “the law.”